As this Easter season came to a close yesterday, I couldn’t help but think, “What’s next?” After all, it was such an amazing week of celebrating Jesus life, death, and resurrection. It was incredible to see so many people share about how Jesus changed their life for the whole world to see. It was an awesome time to worship The Risen Savior with my people at our Easter church services. And, I have to mention, I love seeing Facebook flooded with pictures of families dressed in their Easter best. It was a week of highs, fun, excitement, thanksgiving, remembrance and worship. And now its over…so what’s next?
Let’s pick up at this same place in the Bible. The weekend is over. People are beginning to hear that Jesus has risen from the grave. Some believed and were amazed, while others needed to see it for themselves. He appeared to them and gave them a mission. He sent them out to a hurting world to share the hope of the gospel.
The eleven disciples traveled to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but some doubted. Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
So the Lord Jesus, after speaking to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word by the accompanying signs.
So, this is what’s next! Although the hype of the holiday is over and the pretty Easter pictures will soon fall to the back of our newsfeed, our purpose remains! Jesus is just as alive today as He was yesterday! We must keep sharing our testimonies and keep talking about what new things God is doing in our lives. Keep sharing the hope we have with this lost world so that they too may know Him personally. They need to know the truth, that salvation comes in only one way, through our living Savior Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, today, tomorrow, and everyday forevermore!
Audra and her husband Jordan are called to ministry and he is the senior pastor at their church. They have two beautiful children who bring them tons of joy, lots of laughs, and on occasion new grey hair. She is a former teacher who still loves to teach, enjoys cooking and baking, and has a passion to lead other women to know Jesus and live out their faith in Him.